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Sensory analysis – transfer of odor and flavor from food contact materials (DIN 10955)

DIN 10955
Standard DIN 10955 specifies test methods for the sensory analysis of food contact materials and articles that are intended for direct food contact. …

Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of plastic films and sheeting

ASTM F1249, ISO 15106-2
Determination of the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) according to the ASTM F1249 standard. WVTR describes the amount of water vapor that passes …

Oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of plastic films and sheeting

ASTM D3985, ASTM F1927, ASTM F2622-08, …
Determination of the oxygen transmission rate of plastic films and sheet-like materials. The test is performed on two parallel …

Overall migration testing – simulant E (Tenax)

EN 1186-1, EN 1186-13
Overall migration (OM) into simulant E (Tenax) measures the sum of volatile and semi-volatile compounds that migrate from a food contact material into food via the gas phase. According to …

Sensory analysis – odor and flavor (EN 1230-1 and -2)

EN 1230-1, EN 1230-2
Standards EN 1230-1 and EN 1230-2 specify the testing procedure for assessing the odor and flavor released by food contact materials made of paper or board. This analysis applies …

CHNOS analysis of organic materials

Determination of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, and oxygen content of an organic sample. CHNS analysis (”LECO analysis”) is performed using a flash combustion method, where the sample is combusted under 25 kPa of O2 at an elevated temperature …

Volatile organic compound (VOC) screening of packaging materials (extended package)

Screening of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from paper, board, and plastics. The method can be used to analyze volatile residues from printed packaging as well as to measure …

Transfer of antimicrobial components from paper or board

EN 1104
Paper or paperboard that comes into contact with food must not release processing aids that have an antimicrobial effect on food. The requirement is outlined, for example, in German BfR Recommendation …

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Heavy metal content according to Directive 94/62/EC

Directive 94/62/EC limits the content of heavy metals such that the sum of the concentrations of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), and hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI)) in packaging or packaging components shall not exceed …

Metal screening by ICP-SFMS

This metal screening analysis includes the semi-quantitative determination of 70 elements. The method can be used, for example, to determine the background concentrations of metals in environmental samples or to study the elemental distribution of unknown …

Elements (Cd, Al, Hg, Pb) in aqueous extracts of paper and board

EN 12497, EN 12498, EN 645
This measurement detects the migration of heavy metals and aluminum to cold water from paper or board intended as food contact material. The method is …

Specific migration of mineral oil (MOSH/POSH and MOAH) into Tenax

EN 13130-1
Specific migration of mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH), including mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) with polyolefin oligomeric hydrocarbons (POSH) and mineral oil aromatic …

Oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of packages

ASTM F1307
This test is designed to measure the oxygen transmission rate of finished packages, including cups, bottles, trays, and containers. Two replica measurements are included in the test price. Temperature can be …

Specific migration of mineral oil (MOSH/POSH and MOAH) into 95% ethanol

EN 13130-1
Specific migration of mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH), including mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) with polyolefin oligomeric hydrocarbons (POSH) and mineral oil …

Colour fastness of dyed paper and board

EN 646
This test is used to evaluate the color fastness of dyed or printed paper or board that is intended to come into contact with food. The applied simulants are Olive oil, 3% acetic acid, Alkaline salt solution (saliva simulant), …

Elemental analysis of plastics and polymers by ICP-SFMS (selected elements)

The measurement is performed using a high-resolution ICP-MS technique (ICP-SFMS), which can identify very low elemental concentrations. The measurement includes only the selected element …

Phthalates analysis package (REACH)

Phthalates are a group of chemicals widely used as plasticizers, which make plastics more flexible and durable. Phthalates have also been used as additives in products such as cosmetics and personal care items. Several phthalates have been …

Water absorbance of paper or board with the Cobb method

This test measures the water absorption properties of paper and board. The method is not suitable for grades with grammage less than 50 g/m2 or embossed paper. It is also unsuitable for highly water-absorbing papers, …

CEPI recyclability of paper and board

Recyclability testing of paper and cardboard according to the CEPI recyclability laboratory test method (version 2, October 2022). Testing includes: Disintegration, Filtrate analysis, Determination of the coarse reject, Determination of the …

Formaldehyde content in extracts of paper and board

EN 1541, EN 645, EN 647
Determination of formaldehyde (CAS 50-00-0) content in cold or hot water extracts of paper or board. The method is suitable, for example, for an analysis of formaldehyde …

Pentachlorophenol (PCP) in aqueous extracts of paper and board

ISO 15320
Pentachlorophenol (PCP, CAS 87-86-5) is a compound that is used as a pesticide and a wood preservative. It is listed as a persistent organic pollutant in Annex I of the EU POPs Regulation, …

Transfer of optical brightening agents (OBAs) from paper or board by EN 648

EN 648
Determination of the speed of transfer of optical brightening agents (OBAs), also known as fluorescent whitening agents, from paper and board. The test is performed against UV …

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

XPS is a semi-quantitative technique that allows the measurement of the elemental composition of the surface of materials. In addition, it can also determine the binding and electronic state of the atoms. XPS is a surface-sensitive technique. …

Phthalates analysis (extended package)

Extended analysis package for phthalates in various matrices using the GC-MS technique. Phthalates are a group of chemicals widely used as plasticizers, which make plastics more flexible and durable. Phthalates are also found as additives in …

Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of paper and board

ASTM E96, ASTM F1249
Determination of the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) according to the ASTM F1249 standard. WVTR describes the amount of water vapor that passes through a material over a …

1,3-DCP and 3-MCPD in aqueous extract of paper and board

EN 645, EN 647
Epichlorohydrin is a highly reactive electrophilic compound used to produce glycerol, plastics, epoxy glues and resins, epoxy diluents, and elastomers. The compound is included in the …

Bursting strength of paper or board

Burst strength measures the maximum hydraulic pressure that the sample withstands without breaking. Paper's or board's burst strength is the most commonly used test value alongside SCT (short-term compression strength ). With this test, you will …

Isothiazolinone content

Determination of isothiazolinones in consumer goods. Isothiazolinones are common preservatives (biocides) in cosmetics, chemical formulations, and printing inks. The following isothiazolinones are included in the analysis: 1,2-benzisothiazolin-3(2h)-one (BIT, CAS: …

Microbiological examination of pulp, paper, and board

ISO 8784-1, ISO 8784-3
Laboratory analysis for determining the total number of colony-forming units of bacteria and bacterial spores as well as yeast and molds in dry market pulp, paper, and …

XPS peak deconvolution - binding state of atoms

XPS is a semi-quantitative technique allowing to measure the elemental composition of the surface of materials. In addition, it can also determine the binding state of the atoms. If you wish to perform this test, please ask the …

Bending stiffness of corrugated cardboard

Bending stiffness testing is performed to evaluate cardboard's stiffness by measuring the resistance to bending with 4-point loading. The results express the bending stiffness of the material in the machine direction and the cross …

Glyoxal in aqueous extract of paper and board

DIN 54603
Glyoxal (CAS 107-22-2) can be used as a cross-linker in paper, board, corrugated board, and textile products. According to German BfR Recommendation XXXVI, the extract of the finished product must not contain more …

Grammage of paper and board

EN ISO 536
Determination of the grammage of paper, board and corrugated board.

Grease resistance of paper or board with the KIT test

TAPPI 559
This test follows the TAPPI Test Method T559. It assesses how fluorochemicals, or other surface treatment chemicals, which can make paper both resistant to oil (organophobic) and water (hydrophobic), …

ISO brightness of paper or paperboard

ISO 2470-1
The method measures the diffuse blue light reflectance factor of paper and board by the ISO 2470-1 standard. The test is limited to white and near-white samples. The measurement is used to determine the whiteness level of …

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) analysis of solids and fabrics

GC-MS analysis of 16 PAH compounds, which are listed as high-priority pollutants by the US-EPA. The analyzed PAH compounds are: naphthalene, acenaphthylene, acenaphthene, fluorene, phenanthrene, …

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in paper and paperboard (AfPS GS 2019:01 PAK)

AfPS GS2019
Content of 15 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in paper and paperboard according to AfPS GS 2019:01 PAK. The test package includes the following …

Tensile strength (TEA) of paper and paperboard

This test is used to measure the tensile strength and elongation of paper or board in the machine direction (MD) and the cross direction (CD). Even small variations in tensile strength can affect the functionality of the product. …

Air permeability of paper or board

Air permeability is an important property for some paper grades, such as paper bags that are filled industrially. Measurlabs offers air permeance testing with the Bendtsen and Gurley methods. The Bendtsen method (ISO 5636-3) is suitable for papers …

Ash content of paper, board or pulp

The test determines the ash content of paper, board, and pulp upon being ignited at 525 °C. The results express the mass of the inorganics in your sample.

Ash content of solid recovered fuels (EN 15403 or ISO 21656)

EN 15403, ISO 21656
The test is used to determine the ash content of a solid recovered fuel sample according to EN 15403 or ISO 21656 methods. The ashing temperature is typically 550 °C but …

Bursting strength of corrugated cardboard

Bursting strength measures the maximum hydraulic pressure that a material withstands without breaking. The bursting strength of corrugated cardboard is measured from the top and bottom sides of the sample, and the result is given as an …

Carbon dioxide (CO2) transmission rate through films and sheeting

ASTM F2476-20
This measurement determines the transmission rate of carbon dioxide (CO2) through a single or multi-layered plastic film or sheeting with an infrared detector. The …

Cobb–Unger oil absorbance test for paper and board

In this absorption test, castor oil is used to evaluate the oil absorbance of a paper or board product. During the analysis, oil is applied on top of the sample with an L&W Cobb sizing tester, and the mass of oil absorbed by …

Edge crush test (ECT) for cardboard

The edge crush test (ECT) measures the edgewise strength of corrugated board. The results give an indication of the board's resistance to crushing during processing and use. In the ECT test, the test specimen is loaded perpendicularly to the open …

Glutaraldehyde content in paper and board

Glutaraldehyde is a slimicide used to control microbial growth in paper and paperboard packaging. Its use in food packaging is allowed according to BfR XXXVI, however, no more than 2 mg of glutaraldehyde must be detectable in 1 kg of the …

Grease resistance of paper or board with palm oil method

TAPPI 454
The grease resistance of paper and board is determined by establishing the time taken for a simulated “fat material” (palm kernel oil) to penetrate (break through) the sheet of paper or board. …

Opacity of paper or board

ISO 2471
This method is used to determine the opacity (paper backing) of paper by diffuse reflectance. The test is suitable for papers and boards that contain fluorescent whitening agents, as long as the UV content of the radiation incident on the test …

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in paper and board

ISO 15318
Determination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in paper and board. The following substances are included in the test package: PCB 18, PCB 28, PCB 52, PCB 101, PCB 138, PCB 153, PCB 180.

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in paper and board (REACH)

Analysis of PAH compounds from paper and board as well as products made from these raw materials (e.g., packaging materials) as required by the REACH regulation. The test package includes the following …

Puncture resistance of corrugated cardboard

ISO 3036
In this test, a pyramid-shaped puncture head is used to measure the puncture resistance of a board sample. During this process, combined tensile, compression, flexural, and shear forces occur. The result is given as the …

Roughness of paper or board

Multiple methods to determine paper's or board's roughness exist. The most typical tests are: - The Bendtsen method (ISO 8791-2) - For papers and boards that have a Bendtsen value between 5 and 3000 ml/min. Not suitable for papers with high air permeability. …

Tearing resistance of paper

This method determines the tearing resistance of low-grammage paper or board with the Elmendorf method. During the test, an initial cut is made on the test specimen. This cut is then torn for a given distance using a pendulum. The work required to tear the …

Bisphenol S content

Content of bisphenol S in various matrices, including: Consumer goods made from plastic, elastomers, rubber, Food packaging (plastic, paper, multi-materials). Extraction is possible with various techniques, including: Solvent extraction, Cold water extract (EN 645), hot …

Box compression test (BCT)

EN 12048
This method is used for testing the resistance to compression of complete, filled transport packages. A stacking test on complete, filled transport packages is also performed using the same apparatus.

Bulk of paper or board

Bulk is the ratio of paper's or board's thickness to its basis weight.

Conductivity of aqueous extracts of paper, board or pulp

ISO 6587
With this test, the conductivity of water extraction (hot or cold) from a paper, board, or pulp sample is measured. The extraction is performed with deionized water, therefore the results may vary …

Extractable primary aromatic amines in paper, board, and pulp

EN 17163, EN 645, EN 647
Testing for the release of primary aromatic amines (PAA) classified as CMR 1A or 1B according to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008. Extraction is performed with …

Lignin ash content

ISO 1762
Lignin sample ash content measurement at 525°C. The result is expressed as a mass percentage of the ash from the initial sample on a dry matter basis.

Moisture content of paper or board

This testing method is used to determine the moisture content of paper or board in standard RT conditions (23 °C/ 50 % RH). The measurement is performed after exposing the sample to these conditions for a minimum of 4 hours.

Pin adhesion test (PAT) of corrugated cardboard

PN 87/P-50143/07
The pin adhesion test measures the bond strength between the corrugated medium and the liner. It is used to analyze the strength of adhesives. Upon request, the measurement can be performed on …

Short-span compression test (SCT) for paper or board

SCT (short-span compression test) is one of the most commonly used testing methods for determining the compression strength of paper or cardboard. In this test, the sample is conditioned in standard conditions (23 …

Single-use plastic food contact materials (FCM) – EU compliance testing package

DIN 10955, EN 1186-1, EN 1186-2, …
General compliance testing package for single-use plastic food contact materials (FCMs) by regulation (EU) …

Specific migration testing – C16-C18 dialkylketones (DAKs) of alkyl ketene dimer (AKD)

Specific migration of dialkyl ketones (DAKs) that originate from alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) hydrophobic sizing agent of paper and board. According to BfR XXXVI …

Volatile organic compound (VOC) screening of packaging materials

Screening of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from paper, board, and plastics. The method can be used to analyze volatile residues from printed packaging. For evaluation of recycling process efficiency, …

Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of plastic films with the gravimetric dish method

DIN 53122-1
The gravimetric dish method can be used to determine the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of materials that have a high water vapor …

Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of textiles

ASTM E96
Water vapor transmission rate testing is used to evaluate the breathability of textiles. The ASTM E96 test measures the amount of water vapor that passes through the fabric in a controlled environment. The …

Wet strength of paper or board

ISO 3781
In this test, the tensile strength of paper or board is measured after the material has been immersed in water for a specified period. The test can be used to evaluate the functionality of board and paper that may be exposed to water at …

2,6-diisopropylnaphthalene (DIPN) content in paper and board

EN 14719
Content of 2,6-diisopropylnaphthalene (CAS: 24157-81-1, DIPN) in paper and board intended for food contact. DIPN is most often found in materials containing recycled fibers.

2-point bending resistance of paper and board

DIN 53121, ISO 2493
This test determines the 2-point bending resistance of paper or board by using a Taber-type tester. The bending resistance at 15° or 7.5° can be determined and expressed in terms of the bending …

Acid insoluble ash content of paper or board

ISO 776
This test is used to determine the quantity of acid-insoluble ash in paper, board, or pulp samples. Testing is performed according to the ISO 776 standard.

Alkali reserve of paper, board or pulp

This test is used to determine the alkali reserve of papers and boards, especially those that contain alkaline pigments or other alkaline materials.

Anthraquinone content in paper and paperboard

Anthraquinone is an additive used in paper pulp manufacturing processes. According to BfR XXXVI, the application of anthraquinone as an additive to raw material is no longer recommended.

CIE whiteness of paper or paperboard

The CIE whiteness test measures the whiteness of paper or board under the CIE D65 daylight standard. The method gives the complete visible spectral range (VIS) information about whiteness, unlike the ISO ( ISO 2470 ) method, which operates only …

Change of dimensions of paper or board upon change in humidity or immersion in water

PN 85/P-50157, PN 92/P-50158
With this test, the dimensional changes of a paper sample are measured after immersion in water. The measurements are …

Coefficient of static friction of paper or board

TAPPI 503, TAPPI 542, TAPPI 815
With this test, the coefficient of static friction of most paper-based packaging materials can be measured. The testing standard will be chosen depending on the …

Color of paper or board

ISO 5631-1, ISO 5631-2
This test is used to measure the color of paper and board by the diffuse reflectance method with spectral gloss elimination as outlined in standards ISO 5631-1 and ISO 5631-2. The method is not suitable for papers that …

Concora medium test (CMT30) for flutings

This method is used to determine the flat crush resistance of a corrugating medium after being fluted to A-flute geometry with a laboratory fluting device. The Concora corrugating medium test can be used for any corrugating medium that …

Degree of curl after one-sided wetting of paper or board

TAPPI 466
Determination of degree of curl after one-sided wetting as per TAPPI 466 standard for paper or board samples.

Degree of curl with changes in the humidity of air of paper or board

ISO 11556
Determination of the degree of curl of paper or board by using a vertically suspended test piece as per standard ISO 11556. Curl is defined as deviation from a flat surface. …

Fastness to light – Xenotest of paper or board

EN ISO 105-B02, ISO 12040
This test is used to determine the effect of artificial daylight (D65) on the color of paper or board. During the test, the sample is exposed to filtered xenon arc light to …

Fiber furnish analysis with the Herzberg staining test

ISO 9184-3
The Herzberg staining test by the ISO 9184-3 standard is used to determine the main fiber content of paper and board. In the test, a saturated solution of zinc chloride, iodine, and potassium …

Flat crush test (FCT) for corrugated cardboard

The flat crush test (FCT) is a commonly used mechanical test conducted on board materials, such as corrugated cardboard. During the test, the sample is loaded perpendicular to its surface. The resistance the board presents to the …

Folding endurance of paper and board

This test is used to determine the folding endurance of paper or board using the Köhler-Molin, Lhomargy, MIT, and Schopper testers. During the test, a narrow strip of paper is folded forwards and backward in a standardized manner, so that it …

Food contact compliancy for single-use nitrile gloves test package (BfR XXI/1)

DIN 10955, EN 1186-1, EN 1186-2, …
Test package for single-use nitrile gloves for food contact compliancy according to BfR XX1/1 and 1935/2004. The …

Gloss of paper or board

EN ISO 8254-1
This method provides the measurement of the specular gloss of paper at an angle of 75° to the normal of the paper surface. Although its chief application is for coated papers, the test may also be used for glossy uncoated papers such as …

Grammage of component papers separated from corrugated cardboard

EN ISO 536
Grammage measures the weight of the sample in relation to its area. Grammage values are commonly used to categorize different board and paper grades. In this method, the components …

Grease resistance of paper or board with the turpentine method

TAPPI 454
This test determines the penetration of greases and oil, commonly found in foodstuffs. The test can be used to evaluate and grade the usability of greaseproof papers and vegetable …

Horizontal impact test for corrugated cardboard

This test is used to determine the effect of a vertical impact on the horizontal edge of finished and filled cardboard containers. In the test, the packaging is placed on a carriage that is rolled against an impact apparatus. …

Internal bond strength of paper or board (Z-direction)

TAPPI 541
This test is used to provide insight into the performance of coated fine papers, adhesion at carton side seams, and more. In the test, a tape is placed on both sides of the test specimen, the sample …

Kappa number of paper, board, or pulp according to ISO 302

ISO 302
The Kappa number describes the lignin content or bleachability of pulp. With this test, the kappa number is determined as per the ISO 302 standard, which applies to all kinds of chemical and …

Metals in oil and solvents by ICP-SFMS (Al, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn, V)

Determination of selected metals (Al, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn, V) in oil or solvent samples using high-resolution ICP-MS (ICP-SFMS) technique. …

Oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of paper and board

ASTM D3985, ASTM F1927
Determination of the oxygen transmission rate of paper and cardboard materials. The test is performed on three identical samples to ensure repeatability. Measurement conditions …

Ring crush test (RCT) of liners

This test is used to evaluate the compressive strength of paper and board by using the ring crush method. This test is especially useful for determining the usability of shipping containers made from fiberboard.

Scott bond internal strength of paper or board

TAPPI 541
This test measures the energy required to rapidly delaminate a sheet-type specimen. A z-directional rupture is initiated by the impact of a pendulum having both a controlled mass and a controlled velocity. The …

Smoothness of paper with the Bekk method

ISO 5627
The smoothness of a paper or board sample is determined with the Bekk method. This test is recommended especially for smooth grades and is not recommended for samples over 0.5 mm thick or very permeable papers. The results …

Specific migration testing – photoinitiators

Photoinitiators are substances that are added to printing inks to initiate the curing process upon exposure to UV light. These substances are also potential contaminants in recycled fibers. The compliance of materials can be …

Water resistance of the glue bond of corrugated board

ISO 5635
This test is used to evaluate the strength of a glue bond in corrugated cardboard after being immersed in water. This test is especially useful for applications where a high degree of resistance to wet …

Water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of ultra-high barrier films and sheetings

Determination of the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of ultra-high barrier materials. The method can also be used to test moderate barrier materials at high-temperature …

Yellowness of paper or board

DIN 6167
The influence of temperature, chemical reactions, radiation, etc. can make white or colorless materials such as art equipment, paper, and paints yellow. The yellowness number indicates the change in the yellow value of a sample due to one …

pH of aqueous extracts in cold or hot water extractions of paper, board or pulp

ISO 6588, PN 84/P-50109
With this test, the pH of water extraction (hot or cold) from a paper, board, or pulp sample is measured. The extraction is performed …

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